MICHIGAN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF TIMELINE

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State of Michigan Law established a School for the Deaf and for the Blind

November, Flint won over Romeo and Kalamazoo

December, First Principal, Charles Palmer, never took office

Epaphroditus Ranson, Governor of Michigan

Reverend Barnabas M. Fay hired. First rented a building on the corner of 8th and Church

February 6th first student, James Bradley. First deaf student to enter the school at the age of 26. The school opened its doors to deaf and blind. Mary Hoff was the first blind student. Total students 12

School building construction began

William M. Berg, first deaf teacher hired and taught until 1876

Students enrolled: 70

Students enrolled: 72. First permanent building to be erected on campus, building later named Clarke Hall

Students enrolled: 111

Purchased Lot 70 in Glenwood Cemetery for burial of orphans attending school

Name of school was changed from "Asylum" to "Institution"

Brick workshop/Vocational building erected

Main school building in front of (Clarke Hall) completed after the Civil War

Printing Shop was added to the school

First MICHIGAN MIRROR (School publication)

Enrollment surpasses 200 students

Separate school for the blind established and located in Lansing

Superintendent's residence constructed, students of cabinet shop decorated interior including many pieces of ornate furniture

New shop building started - Turner Hall,- Honor Cottage later became a Hospital and Orchard Cottage used by staff members.

Ground broken and Brown Hall erected

Classes open in Brown Hall

Main building destroyed by fire and the construction of the new building (Fay Hall) started in 1913 and completed in 1914 (same location)

Stewart Gym constructed

Gilbert Hall constructed

Enrollment surpasses 500 students

Service Building built (1992 Thelma Heck)

Stevens Hall constructed

Heating Plant constructed

New School Building built (1992 Fay Academy)

New Health Center Built (1992 Irene Hughes)

Enrollment of over 400 students

First Deaf Superintendent Dr. Brian D. McCartney is hired

Sold Fay Hall, Stewart Gym and 6 acres to Valley School

Blind students moved back to Flint campus

Started Construction on New Blind Dormitory on Flint Campus

Dr. Brian D. McCartney passes away of acute leukemia.

Beth Steenwyk becomes Dept Director of Spec Ed and begins to oversee MSDB

MSD Celebrates 150 years-Time capsule planted

Fay Hall Stewart Gym etc revert back to the State of MI

MSD has an enrollment of 150 students

CAC places Video Phones all across campus

David Sanderson hired as State Administrative Manager for MSD

MSD campus sold to a developer. A new school built for MSD to lease from the developer.

David Sanderson retired - position currently vacant

Ground Breaking Ceremony October 13, 2011

2012-2013 School year starts in the new building

Tear down of Fay Academy begins

Football team wins for the first game since 1978

MSD hosts Academic Bowl

MSD hosts CSSD Basketball and Cheerleading Tournament

Middle school students won regionals for Battle of the Books